Ubuntu Advantage Landscape
Manage multiple Ubuntu systems with ease. View essential information and deliver uniformity across installations from a single dashboard.
Tracking and updating system configurations is one of the most time-consuming tasks for IT administrators. That's why Landscape makes it easy to view detailed configuration information, histories and updates. With all that information at your finger-tips, you can diagnose, audit and enforce compliance with ease.
Cut your workload by creating scripts that automate routine work such as starting and stopping services, performing backups and profiling hardware.
- Manage many machines at once. All operations in Landscape can be applied to one or more machines with the same ease.
- Group machines to match your needs. You can split machines into multiple groups for different requirements while still administering through a single interface.
- Manage packages across the network. View a package inventory for each computer and use Landscape to install, upgrade or remove packages from one or more computers.
- Integrate custom repositories. If you maintain your own repository, even internally, Landscape can report on and use the packages in it.
- Manage users easily. Users from one or more systems are easy to manage with Landscape.
- Handle security updates efficiently. Landscape highlights those package upgrades with security fixes (with links to detailed information) ensuring any vulnerabilities are dealt with as quickly as possible.
- Support disconnected systems. Systems that are disconnected from the network will be properly handled when they next get online.
The Landscape dashboard
The Landscape dashboard gives system administrators a quick summary of active alerts and package status on one page. From here, you can easily drill down into the details of any system or package.
In this example, there are four alerts informing you that there are packages to download, there are nine security upgrades available for download (security upgrades are considered of high priority so are alerted separately), there are 10 computers that have upgrades available and there are 45 computers that have not contacted Landscape in the last five minutes indicating they are off-line or down.
In the left pane are menu items that give you access to system management and monitoring functions such as assigning users, details on Alerts, writing and running scripts, details on packages and hardware and feedback where you can suggest new features to the development team.
Customise your systems
Landscape enables you to customise your systems by choosing which Ubuntu packages you want to accept and deploy. In this screen you can search for specific packages, check for upgrades, view a summary of the packages already installed on systems and see which security patches are available - making it easy to find critical packages so you can patch system vulnerabilities quickly. Clicking any of the highlighted links brings you to a more detailed page about that system or update.
Tags (on the left pane) allow you to manage systems in logical groups so you can enforce standardisation across all systems performing similar functions.
View the details of every system
Landscape allows you to view the details of every system under the “info” page. Here can view a summary of the system configuration, tags (which groups this system belongs to) and Access Groups which defines which administrators have access to this system. Just click on one of the action icons at the bottom of the page to get details on system information, hardware, configuration or processes.
You can also restart or shutdown a system from here immediately or at a specific date and time in the future, such as during a scheduled maintenance window, when rebooting a system will have minimal impact on your network.
Knowing what actions have been applied to systems is critical to compliance an auditing needs. In Landscape we log every action, by time, date and person and make it easy to see if the action was completed or not. In addition you can view hardware and package inventories by system and view which processes are active.